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Good or bad? Day dreaming & your child

Swapna Nair
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Good or bad Day dreaming your child

Hurry up, why are you taking so long to get ready? Isn’t this a common refrain? And you would be exasperated to see your child staring at herself in the mirror. Or while sitting to do homework, your child is drawing butterflies or staring out of the window. Daydreaming is an important part of your child’s developmental process. For all you parents out there who worry about your child’s drifting off into the clouds, you need not worry anymore! Our Proparent blogger Swapna Nair talks about daydreaming and why it is important. Swapna says – • Daydreaming is not the same as being lazy, so let your child dream! • According to cognitive therapists, daydreaming plays a key role in your child’s socio-emotional development • Daydreaming enhances creativity and self-expression • So stop worrying – and encourage your child’s daydreaming by – switching off gadgets for some time and giving them stories to dream of….


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Swapna Nair

| Jul 25, 2017

Meenu the answer is in your question itself. It is only sometimes you say. So do not worry. We cannot remote control our children in the classroom. A child's attention span is hardly 10 min so it is natural to have flights of fancy. If anything intereferes in our daily routine then it is a problem which needs intervention.

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Meenu Vashishtha

| Jul 25, 2017

Daydreaming is a problem only if one over indulges in it. It then would need intervention. - how yo know when my kid over indulges or what is the action level to measure this. because I got the complaint from my daughter's teacher that she is in some other world sometimes in class.

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Swapna Nair

| Jul 25, 2017

Thank you all Amrita I request you to post your query in the education corner so I can answer it separately Thanks

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Swapna Nair

| Jul 25, 2017

Thank you all Amrita I request you to post your query in the education corner so I can answer it separately Thanks

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Swati Gupta

| Jul 25, 2017

thanks for this blog. I usually scold my daughter of day dreaming as I thought it's not good but now I understood once again thank a lot

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Namita Gaywala

| Jul 25, 2017

when I was small I was a daydreamer but as days passed I forgot it. Now I can see the same thing with my daughter she is also a daydreamer and good thing is she always share her thinking and dreams with me. I was not sure about the daydreaming is good or not. now am sure its not a bad thing.

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Amrita Mukherjee

| Jul 25, 2017

Thank you so much for this piece of information. My elder son is in his own world at any given time, even in his classroom. Now I know what he is doing and why he is inattentive. But it is not good to be inattentive in class atleast otherwise he might miss something important. Kindly also guide that how to increase his concentration in each task he does. Thank you so much for your guidance.

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Shivani

| Jul 25, 2017

I had been worried about my Son day dreaming in the class and lost in his own world and I was so stressed that he probably lacks concentration. Fortunately, he doesn't associate much with the gadgets so I think I am okay now and can let him be imaginative and may be creative as well. I guess we need to just let them enjoy their childhood and stop worrying about every small thing.

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Shweta Tripathy

| Jul 25, 2017

thank you for the pleasant and insightful article

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Rohini

| Jul 24, 2017

thank you very much for sharing this. my daughter really likes to be in her world her toys and all. I and my husband many times think of keeping her toys away so that she comes in real world, but now I know that this is good for her.

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Sakina Bharmal

| Jul 24, 2017

So daydreaming is normal?I thought it was loneliness. Anyway nice article.

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Chandan Mittal

| Jul 24, 2017

marvellous

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Swapna Nair

| Jul 24, 2017

Yes Canisha it is perfectly normal. :)

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Swapna Nair

| Jul 24, 2017

Valiki it is very normal to talk to oneself. Single children especially do this. Shy children often talk to themselves. Siblings indulge if there is a wider age gap. It is a temporary phase. In fact you ought to allow your child to be by herself too. Respect her privacy but do not leaver her unsupervised Do check in between to reassure yourself and her. And often we adults think children are not listening to our conversation but they do. It is not healthy to always keep them beside us

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Canisha Kapoor

| Jul 24, 2017

Hi Swapna, As a child I had the habit of drifting away into my dreams while sitting with a book in hand and not remembering a word of it. I used to get scolded by my mom for this habit. And as Valiki just stated that her daughter talks to herself I also did that in fact still do so. Wish somebody had told my parents at that time that it is a normal activity... Well if wishes were horses... Anyway thank you for this beautiful blog...

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Valiki Manju Latha

| Jul 24, 2017

hi mam.. very useful information. actually my daughter does this but i thought that being alone may not be good for her thats y i will make her to sit with us or do some activity.. she will go out for some time and talk to herself as if she is talking to her friends. Is this also day dreaming..

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